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's -- that all happens tonight on c-span2's booktv. >> in her book, "pat nixon," mary brennan discusses the use of mrs. nixon's recently-released private documents. this is just over 50 minutes. >> um, welcome to the richard nixon presidential library and museum. my name is paul wormser, and i'm the acting director of the librariment i appreciate all of you coming to one of our continuing author talk presentations. today we are very fortunate to have really the leading scholar on pat nixon who is, by the way, born 100 year ago this year. mary brennan, who did much of her research here for her book, is the chair of the department of history at the yawfort of texas in -- university of texas in san marcos. the -- excuse me. her specialty is post-world war ii conservative movements, and she has written b to date three different books, those being "turning right at the '60s: the conservative capture of the gop," "wives, mothers and the red menace," and, of course, the book that we love most around here, which is "pat nixon: embattled first lady." her book is an outstanding work, an
and there's pat nixon, pat nixon is a prop to dick nixon, quite literally during the speech. she is sitting there nervously, not knowing what he is going to say. she is crucial into the strategy of making her husband look normal. he talks about her being a normal suburban house wife but there's a fascinating think about pat nixon, and she is weirdly open about the fact that she doesn't really seem to like politics, and seems to even have some kind of trepidation about being with her husband. she writes a puff piece for her husband titled "a wonderful guy" and she says, dick doesn't do anything in a half hearted manner so i know we're in for a rugged time. this isn't a piece that is supposedly a celebration of his -- and she is worried about him, about what her life is going to be, and things like that. you get a real sense that with both eisenhower and pat nixon that politics transformed people in sometimes ways they don't necessarily want. another character is joe steph mccarthy, running in 1952 for re-election. his tough man veneer, the sort of macho character he representses nixon in som
talks about her being a normal suburban housewife. but there is also a fascinating thing about pat nixon and that is that she is weirdly open about the fact that she doesn't really seem to like politics and seems to have some even trepidation about being with her husband. she writes an article, a puff piece for her husband that has a title, a wonderful guy in which she has this quote that i make a lot of which she says dick doesn't do anything in a half-hearted manner so i know we are in for a rugged time. this isn't a piece that is supposedly a celebration of her husband's virtues and yet she is kind of saying she is worried about him, about what her life is going to be and things like that. to get a real sense that with both eisenhower and pat nixon that politics transforms people in sometimes ways that they don't necessarily want. another characters joseph mccarthy. he is running in 1952 for re-election. is kind of tough man veneer, the sort of macho character that he projects is also one that i think in some ways richard nixon wants to a certain extent mimic and invite as his own. it
pat nixon and her public role or her role as foreign diplomats. she met the indian woman the traveling she did as a first and second lady was the best part of her job as a political wife. second, not the wife of an ambassador or statesmen but a young woman who had come to the united states to see this second lady then to study. she treated everyone she met as a favor the most important person in the world. they responded to her sincerity. third, issues happiest in her role if she could take action. the cajuns' the nixons' wrapped was not that long negative important at that moment as getting this cast a seat at the presidential dinner. it is a small act but left a lasting impression on the indian woman and the woman at the table where she was seated. that is how we know through a letter someone responded and wrote to pat later. on occasion she was proud of her work to help raise funds for the party and demitasses were frustrating and mind-numbing. she expressed the jealousy of her friends entering the workforce at the end of the first term. i would like to do part-time work not with al
and maney -- mamie are followed by the vice president and pat nixon. >> now john f. kennedy's 1961 and not duration as the country 's 35th president. the day before us to be sworn in in, a snowstorm hit washington d.c., almost causing it to be canceled. according to an accounting of the storm, eight inches of snow fell and caused the most rippling traffic jam for its time. hundreds of cars were in ruins, thousands of cars were abandoned. employees were to play the parade route and the event went on this land. here is the swearing in and speech of that year, about 15 minutes. >> i johnson its chair kennedy do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the united states so help me god. [applause] >> vice president johnson, mr. speaker, mr. chief justice, president eisenhower, vice president nixon, president truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens, we observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom -- symbolizing an end as well as a
building, they turn up a street. the president and his wife are followed by the vice president and pat nixon. >> harry truman was inaugurated as the 33rd president. he had already served as president since 1945. as vice presidents, he took office after the death of fdr. this was televised live to the nation. it is coverage of the event from universal newsreels. this is about 20 minutes. >> inauguration day, washington, 1949. the biggest inaugural in united states history is getting ready to begin. lining the boulevard, to be part of the triumphant parade. from every state of union, coming to washington on this festive inauguration day. since early morning, spectators have been assembling along the parade route. they a penance and buttons -- pennants and buttons. mrs. truman's daughter margaret, the vice president-elect, and the chief executive depart for the inaugural ceremony. mr. truman, now escorted by congressional representatives, goes to the capital. he goes to take the oath of office, thus concluding the greatest political upset in history. in capitol plaza, more than 100,000 pe
kissinger ben stein and pat buchanan. his daughters julie nixon eisenhower and trisha nixon cox will be there. president nixon passed away in 1949 at the age of 81. >> bill: i'm proud to say i have not been invited to that party. >> oh, darn. >> if invited, i would not attend. >> sounds like a fun time. >> big names for broadway. >> bill: hang out with henry kiss ing summer and ben stein. two people who are known for being boring. >>> big names in newtown connecticut. tony winning producer van dean is putting on a stage show called from broadway with love at a connecticut theatre. it will feature stars from kiss me kate, wicked, jekyll & hyde all getting together at the end of this month raise money for the united way. >> bill: good for them. good for them. thank you dan. yes, indeed, an historic day at the white house. i got out of my sickbed to go down for the announcement in the east room. president obama coming out at 1:10 and announcing the final two members of the national security team. last week he nominated john kerry, a great choice to be secretary of state. yesterday,
an eruption of a grassroots response on the right. nixon white house received thousands of letters. pat buchanan, who was an adviser, understood that. he communicated the message to nixon. and the message was subsidized childcare threatens the traditional model of the family. it threatens the traditional idea of this and the president should veto it. it is a critical turning point in these politics. another thing takes place in the late 1970s. that is when we see the birth of the family value movement. that movement came out of the opposition to the equal rights amendment the fight of conservative activists. especially in the mid-and late 1970s helped to galvanize the profamily movement. that movement became the family values movement and was critical to the reagan coalition together in 1980. it actually turns up some surprising discoveries as well. i have a whole chapter about the war. the way that battles over manhood and how americans argued over vietnam. if you think about it, it makes sense. on the one hand you have conservative americans or americans who saw themselves as patriots
and thousands of letters. pat buchanan, an adviser to nixon in those days, understood that emerging grassroots movement, communicated its message to nixon, and the message was subsidized child car threatens the traditional model of the family. it threatening the traditional idea of strong mothers and strong mother hood and the president should veto it. in fact, nixon did veto that child care act in 1971. that's a very interesting moment, one that doesn't usually register in our memories of the era, but it's a turning point in politics. another critical hinge of this transformation that "all in the family" tracks takes place really in the late 1970s when we see the birth of the sowled pro-family or family vams movement. that movement came immediately out of the opposition of the equal rights amendment and the fight of a conservative acts -- activist who people are familiar with, still activist today in a lot of ways, and her opposition to the equal rights amendment helped to gal galvanize a movemt that named itself the pro-family movement, and then that movement which ultimately was the so-call
him president. president reagan too saw what president nixon could do first that pat's conservative views were pure, political currency of tremendous value in the presidential arena. [applause] pat once shared with a couple of us that the president was like a father to me. and now that we celebrate richard nixon's 100th birthday, once again we get to find out what richard nixon always wanted to know. what did buchanan think? ladies and gentlemen, pat buchanan. [applause] >> thank you very much, dwight. that was quite a reception. i was wondering where all my good friends were when i was running or the reform party. [laughter] ladies and gentlemen, we are here tonight to celebrate the centennial of a statesman, a profile in courage and an extraordinary man. we are all proud to have served the 37th president of the united states, richard milhouse nixon. [applause] years ago meg greenfield of "the washington post" wrote that she belonged to what she called the nixon generation. what distinguishes us as a group she said, is that we are too young to remember time when richard nixon was n
he tells nixon knew about the liddy plan. he would not do it. sadly, pat buchanan -- i tried very hard to get pat buchanan to do it. he would not do it. >> robert bork, acting attorney general at the time -- this is an issue. he is 85, still here with us. this is the issue of spiro agnew. >> one of the things that happens is you learn things -- i thought in the beginning i was going to hear stories that many of them had said to the history channel. when you do an interview for the government, it becomes public domain. i was keen on creating free video -- it belongs to everybody now. i assumed they would tell stories that are in proprietary collections. what we started to get worse stories i had never heard. this is one of them -- this is unbelievable. this is bork talking about how he and the attorney general at that point, elliott richardson, are afraid that richard nixon is not going to go ahead with the prosecution of vice president spiro agnew. spiro agnew -- this started out in maryland but there was a maryland prosecutor who discovered that agnew as governor had been taking
controversy nixon addressed the criticism head on in the famous checkers speech. used this crazy thing called television. >> pat and i have the satisfaction that every dime that we've got, we've honestly earned. i should say this. pat doesn't have a new coat. but she does have a respectable republican -- i always tell her she'd look good in anything. >> nixon's point by point response silenced critics. eight years later nixon became the first politician to be victimized by the new medium. his shaky debate performance opposite kennedy, at least appearancewise, led to nixon's defeat in 1960. two years later he lost again. beaten padly lybadly in a case governor of california. looked like nixon's political career was over. in what he called his final press conference nixon blamed the media for his loss and laid the ground work for decades of distrust between conservatives and the press. >> you will now write it. you will interpret it. that's your right. but as i leave you, i want you to know, just think how much you're going to be missing. you don't have nixon to kick around anymore. >> the iro
is most like nixon because -- >> see pat on fox news is labeled as a -- >> he was slamming clinton in the '90s. >> stephanie: exactly like him. okay. all right. wow. sexy liberal hal sparks next. more hump days with hal as we continue on "the stephanie miller show." [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> stephanie: all right. hal sparks on his way in. bff jacki schechner as we have previously reported, we're in a triple with melissa fitzgerald. you sent me a cell phone picture yesterday -- >> it was awesome. >> stephanie: of someone in a gown with colored socks stuck under a dressing room door and i was like what? jacki, are you all right? what is this? it was actually melissa. you guys were trying on gowns for the inaugural. >> she locked herself out of a dressing room and didn't want to bother to get help. >> stephanie: wouldn't you pay anything for that picture of her crawling under the door. >> i snapped a photo and sent it to stephanie. she was very wicked witch of the west looking. >> stephanie: someone's gotta bring an extra gown for me. who's taking care of mama? >> one of us will have a gow
reasons. he wanted to destroy pat gray who was the interim fbi director after hoover. it had nothing to do with principle, had nothing to do with protecting the fbi from nixon. nixon was his ticket to becoming director, so he leaked in order to destroy gray and make nixon think well of felt and make felt the director. so the idea that he was a whistleblower or leaked to destroy richard nixon is completely untrue. >> so felt was a company guy? >> i'm sorry? >> felt was a company guy? >> the bureau was everything to him. it was his life, and being the directer of the bureau was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and he did everything in his power, engaging in dirty tricks, you know? fbi co-intel tactics to get to the directorship. and he flummoxed woodward. i don't think word woord really understood what was going on. >> do you feel he was misrepresented by woodward and bernstein? >> absolutely. i don't want fault woodward and bernstein's reporting in the fall of '72. what i fault is their book about the reporting. it's a fairy tale. >> we're following the death of -- [inaudible] bob woodward
. >> steve: henry kissinger was there. pat buchanan, ben stein. i understand it was the largest gathering of family and staff and supporters in more than 40 years. and the foundation, the nixon foundation referred to it as a night of where they celebrate patriot, president and peace maker. but a lot of people still remember him as i introduced you for the way the presidency ended with watergate. >> they do. of course they do. that probably will continue because you can't erase that from history. but as president clinton said at his eulogy, which i attended, you shouldn't judge a man by one event, versus a series of issues. but by the totality of his career, his achievements in his lifetime. here is a man that not only opened the door to china and began the great china relationship that exists today, he also ended the war in vietnam. he flew all the troops out of vietnam. when he came into office, let's go to domestic, 10% of the southern schools were desegregated. when he ended his office, 70% of the southern states were desegregated. testifies an environmental president. i'm not sure if
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